2 road work complaints on Oahu appear to be linked to the same contractor

Wahiawa road work

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After KHON2 reported about a mainland contractor who left open trenches in Kailua, KHON2 uncovered even more concerns.

The same contractor the state used in Kailua, was also hired by the city for repaving work in Wahiawa.

One Wahiawa resident says the job they did on her street is unacceptable.

“Never as deep as that. All the years I lived here never that deep,” Wahiawa resident Gwen San Nicolas said.

Sisters Priscilla and Gwen San Nicolas have lived on Karsten Drive in Wahiawa for most of their lives.

Their driveway no longer meets up evenly with the road after a contractor came in to repave the street about a month ago.

“They told us they were going to come and repair it but they never showed up.”

The city hired Road and Highway Builders, LLC to do the work as part of a year-long repaving project for all of Wahiawa.

It’s the same mainland contractor and residents in Kailua have been raising concerns about regarding open trenches that injured a woman.

The San Nicolas family is also crying foul. Gwen’s daughter Anela says the drop-off scraped the bottom of her car and caused the body kit to detach.

“Before it wasn’t bad at all, now we have to maneuver to get into our driveway which I don’t think it should be that way,” Wahiawa resident Anela San Nicolas said.

Residents here have been complaining about road for weeks, so KHON2 brought a ruler to see how high of a drop off it is. It measured four inches.

The city says that’s a mistake.

The Department of Design and Construction says the contractor is supposed to put in a temporary slope or ramp wherever there is a drop-off.

So, KHON2 drove around the neighborhood and on another street where they’re also doing work.

One homeowner says crews made a ramp out of dirt as a quick-fix to fill in the gap, but San Nicolas’ driveway got no such thing.

“If they do that will help our situation but it will have to be a big ramp,” Anela San Nicolas said.

She says she called the contractor but never heard back.

In the meantime, she’s filing a claim for the damage already done.

“Absolutely unacceptable, now I have damage to my car and I have to file a claim with the city and I don’t know if they will pay for it to get fix,” Anela San Nicolas said.

The city says this is the first such complaint they’ve received on this project and is looking into it.

KHON2 called Road and Highway Builders for comment, but their offices were closed. KHON2 will try again on Thursday.

Meanwhile, KHON2′s calls to them on Tuesday about the Kailua trench work have not been returned.

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